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Jason Kipnis diagnosed with bruised left hand

A smiling Jason Kipnis took part in throwing drills on Thursday afternoon, one day after getting hit in the left hand during a Double-A rehab appearance.

CLEVELAND – Jason Kipnis can almost relate to what Yan Gomes went through when he broke his right hand on an up-and-in fastball last August with the Akron RubberDucks.

Almost.

The 30-year-old second baseman took a pitch off his left hand and eventually exited Wednesday’s minor league game for precautionary reasons. Although his hand’s swelling prevented him from catching the ball, Kipnis underwent throwing drills and seemed to be in good spirits at Progressive Field on Thursday.

“He’ll miss a couple days,” said manager Terry Francona. “I think Saturday’s best case scenario (for) playing, but it’s going to be just a matter of a few days.”

Kipnis was not available for an interview, but he did tie his shoes and move his left hand rather freely in the Indians clubhouse. There is no structural damage or fracture to report at this time.

Originally slated to play three consecutive contests at the Double-A level, Kipnis’ timetable for return will be delayed with no designated date for an activation from the 10-day disabled list in mind.

Through three minor league games played, Kipnis is 0-for-6 as he recovers from the right shoulder inflammation he experienced throughout late February and March. 

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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